Plethora of men qualify for finals Saturday


Senior Kevyn Hoyos and freshman Andrew Jordan run in the mens 5000-meter Feb 24 during the Big 12 Track and Field meet. Hoyos came in third with a time of 14:24.86 and Jordan came in fourth with a time of 14:25.63. 

Mike Burvee

Day one of the Big 12 Championship primarily was a preview for most of Saturday’s finals. All but two of the men who ran on Friday advanced to their respective events’ final for day two.

One standout athlete for the Iowa State track team was Christian Delago. He competed in three events, advancing in two with the third being a final on day one. His first event was the mile run, which he finished in third place with a time of 4:10.59. His second event was the 1,000-meter run and his final event he was part of the distance medley relay.

Delago ran a strong third leg of 800-meters, the team finished in third.

The next event after the mile was the 60-meter hurdles which featured Logan Schneider and Elijah Young. Schneider ran a time of 8.13 seconds and Young a time of 8.16 seconds. Both men advanced and will run in the 60-meter hurdle final on Saturday at 1:40 p.m.

Another standout event was the 600-yard run which Jaymes Dennison, Derek Jones and Roshon Roomes competed in. All three ran times good enough to place within the top 10 in Cyclone history.

Dennison ran a time of 1:08.97, the new third best time in school history. Roomes ran a time of 1:09.76, moving him up to sixth on the school list. Jones ran a personal record with a time of 1:10.37 and 10th on the school’s list.

One of the Cyclone standout 400-meter runners, Eric Fogltanz, ran his open 400 preliminary race at 47.06 seconds, advancing him to the finals.

The Cyclones didn’t advance just on the track, but on the field as well. Chris Celona achieved a distance of 59’ 4 3/4” which placed him in sixth and advancing him to the finals. That distance not only set a personal record but also placed him eighth in Cyclone history.

The second to last event was the 5,000-meter run, featuring long distance runners Kevyn Hoyos and Andrew Jordan. Hoyos finished in third place with Jordan finishing shortly behind him in fourth place.

The final event of day one was the distance medley relay. The team of four was run by Zach Black, Ben Kelly, Delago and Dan Curts. The relay team was in first at one point, and finished in third overall behind Oklahoma State and Kansas.